I work in the construction industry and my company is interested in establishing a more professional and profound way of project management. There is definitely a need to become more organized and structured. I have passed the PRINCE2 Foundation exam and now I am tasked with transferring the PRINCE2 project organization (and everything else, of course) to the company. It is a provider of technical building services. That means, we do not build any buildings, but we are hired to complete them.
There is one thing that I keep stumbling upon: the allocation of the roles to actual people within the company/projects. If I understand PRINCE2 correctly, the project would be a new building. For the investor, this is a classic project. For us, contributing to the building, it is basically a job. It's what we do as a company, which could be described as our "daily business". Still, each project we work on is different, needs to be planned (the client won't tell us how many people and how long it will take to deliver), and can be risky. Also, PRINCE2 says, the executive is responsible for the whole project, and usually represented by the client. He/she calculates the costs, conducts investment calculations, defines the benefits of the products of the project. That does not happen on "our side" in reality. We do not judge on how beneficial the new building is, our client/the investor does that. However, there is no way he will become the executive for the work that needs to be done by us. He provides an assignment, the specifics and expects results. He will not direct "the project" on our side. I do realize that our role would be rather the one of a senior supplier, looking at the whole building/project. Still, we need a person who is responsible and accountable for the "project" on our side, which is the conception and planning of technical equipment. We also need someone to manage issues and changes, i.e. a project manager.
I was thinking of letting the client and our Head of Projects act the executive together, but that is not possible as per PRINCE2. So is the combination of the senior supplier and the executive in one person. Also, it looks like my company would not write the business case (our sole benefit is the revenue and possibly a prestigious client in our portfolio, the building itself is of no use for our company). On the other hand, we cannot ask the client for a business case so we can start working.
So I am hoping to find some input and advise on the overall question that I face: what would be a useful, realistic and sustainable project organization for our type of company and projects as per PRINCE2? There has to be a solution, as I keep reading/getting told, PRINCE2 is suitable for all kinds of companies/industries. I am aware that a Practicioner exam would possibly help me here, but I probably won't be able to get certified just now.
Therefore, I am very grateful for any hints and experiences you could share. You would literally make my day (and month!) :) ... as this is quite the essential question I need to answer before transferring the rest of the PRINCE2 content.
Thank you very much in advance!